Trump Announces His Choice to Head CMS

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Seema Verma, a health policy expert in Indiana, as his pick for administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Verma is the President, CEO and founder of SVC, Inc., a national health policy consulting company. Verma previously worked under Indiana Governor and Vice-President Elect Mike Pence to help Indiana expand Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Indiana’s approach adopted controversial requirements that low-income residents receiving Medicaid pay small monthly contributions for their health coverage, which were meant both to cut costs and to encourage individuals to take greater responsibility for their health.

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John Verhovshek, MA, CPC, is a contributing editor at AAPC. He has been covering medical coding and billing, healthcare policy, and the business of medicine since 1999. He is an alumnus of York College of Pennsylvania and Clemson University.

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